WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Wednesday that there is “a good chance” that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will “do what is right for his people and for humanity” and moving in the direction of peace.
In a few morning tweets, Trump says that he received a message from the Chinese President Xi Jinping, a meeting that Xi had with Kim this week and that went down very well.”
Trump says that, according to Xi, the North Korean leader “looks forward” to meet the Us president. The White House has said that Trump plans to meet Kim by the midst of nuclear tensions between the two countries.
Trump has agreed to historic talks after South Korean officials indicated that Kim is on ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, and was willing to stop nuclear and missile tests.
In the meantime, Trump says, “unfortunately, maximum penalties, and the pressure must be maintained at the expense of anything!” The Trumpet administration has slapped sanctions on companies all over the world to punish for the illegal trade with North Korea.
“For years and by many governments, everyone said that the peace and the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula was not even a small possibility,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Now there is a good chance that Kim Jong-Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity. Look forward to our meeting!”
The State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that Kim’s visit to China “was an unprecedented historical step in the right direction.”
“It is also proof that @POTUS’ maximum pressure campaign is working. We look forward to sitting down with Kim Jong Un to talk about a better future for his people,” Nauert said in a tweet.
However, it remains unclear whether there is direct communication between Washington and Pyongyang on the planned Trump-Kim summit that is scheduled for May, and under what conditions North Korea would agree to give up the nuclear arsenal it has spent decades building.
According to the Chinese state news agency Xinhua, Kim told China’s Xi that North Korea is willing to dialogue with the United States and hold a summit of the two countries. Kim also said that the issue of the denuclearisation process can be resolved if South Korea and the U.S. “progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace.”